The Midland Counties Express on 23 October 1915 carried this photograph of the four sons of Arthur Hayward, of High Street, Bilston:
- William, aged 25, in the 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
- Arthur, aged 21, in the 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
- Herbert, aged 18, in the 2/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
- Jack, aged 15, in the Royal Field Artillery
These were the children of Arthur and Rose Hayward, who lived at 55 High Street, Bilston, in 1901 and 1911.
William was born in about 1891. He was a butcher in 1911. I have not been able to confirm further details of his life or military service.
Arthur was born in about 1895. He was a turner at a motor works in 1911. He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 1922), and served in France from 5 March 1915. He was killed in action on 13 October 1915. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, as well as on the memorial for Sankeys at St Leonard’s Church, Bilston and the Bilston High Town Ward roll of honour
Herbert was born in Wolverhampton in 1896. On 5 March 1914, he enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 2157 and later 240233). His trade was listed as Metal Turner, working for Armstrong & Stevens of Willenhall, and his address was given as 55 High Street, Bilston. He served in France and Egypt, and survived the war, being demobilised on 11 June 1919. He married Amelia E. Jones in Wolverhampton in 1920, and they appear to have had three children – Olive M. (1920), Nellie (1921) and James A. (1922). Unfortunately Herbert died in Wolverhampton in 1921.
Jack or John was born in Wolverhampton in around 1901, but I have not been able to confirm any further details about his life or military service.